Advanced Field Course in Archaeology

15 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 5AR767

Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Archaeology A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 19 February 2018
Responsible department
Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

Entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university, with Archaeology as the main field of study.

Learning outcomes

After passed examination of the course, students should be able to:

  • under supervision plan and lead archaeological field activities,
  • be responsible for management of finds and parts of the report writing,
  • convey archeological knowledge in various media.


The course is research-oriented and focuses on providing skills in problematising, planning and practically performing a field work. Great importance is given to participating in the management and execution of the field work by assigning responsibility for a part in excavation and conducting bargain management and parts of the report writing for the specific surface. This includes participation in planning an archaeological survey and excavation in consultation with project manager / course teacher, as well as leading the documentation within a clearly defined area of responsibility in the conduct of the business and subsequent bargaining, analysis and report writing. Emphasis is also placed on the dissemination of archaeological knowledge in web-based media.


The course consists of two parts of five weeks each. The first part consists of lectures and practical exercises that deal with project planning, field survey methodology, documentation, field measurement, soil theory, macrophysiology analysis, archaeological prediction methodology, administration, leadership and mediation. The second part consists of the actual field survey, when the student under the supervision of a teacher manages a group of students with subsequent bargaining and report writing. A responsibility to convey the group's results on a digging blog, etc., also forms part of the education. Teaching is given mainly in Swedish.


The course introductory theoretical part is examined by seminar participation / submission of exercises and a written final PM. The field part is examined by attendance and practical implementation of exercises and submission of excavation reports.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Other directives

Course literature in the form of reports and archive material is written in Swedish which participants are expected to be able to take part of.